Piers Morgan slammed Rep. Katie Porter for attacking All-American swimmer, Riley Gaines, calling for a new category to be made for trans athletes.
The pair appeared Friday night on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher,’ and the conversation pivoted to Gaines late in the episode, Maher also commenting that ‘wokeness’ was offsetting strides made in female athletics.
Gaines, a former D1 swimmer, was attacked and harassed by a mob at San Francisco State University while speaking out in support of women’s rights.
California congresswoman Porter implied that Gaines had used the incident as a way to ‘get likes and clicks’ – an opinion Morgan was quick to oppose.
‘You should be able to have a civil debate, nobody, including Riley Gaines – who I disagree with strongly should,’ said Porter who was interrupted at that point by Morgan.
Piers Morgan slammed Rep. Katie Porter for attacking All-American swimmer, Riley Gaines, calling for a new category to be made for trans athletes
The pair appeared Friday night on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher,’ and the conversation pivoted to Gaines late in the episode
‘What do you disagree with, out of interest,’ he asks.
‘I think that it should be up to sporting bodies to make decisions about ..’ she continues before Morgan again asks ‘What is it she’s said that’s actually wrong.’
‘I think that she’s tried to turn this – you know how we’ve talked about people becoming – using things to get likes and get clicks,’ she explains.
‘That’s not what she’s doing,’ said Morgan. ‘She’s not?’ responded Porter in shock.
‘All I’ve seen her do is stand up for women’s rights for fairness and equality,’ he said.
During the 2021-2022 NCAA women’s swimming season Lia Thomas sparked a growing debate over the fairness of transgender women competing against biological females.
She became the first transgender woman to win an Ivy League Championship and later an NCAA Championship in the 500 free.
Morgan cites this example and said: ‘[Gaines] competed against Lia Thomas and it was obviously unfair.’
‘Lia Thomas won one of the races in the NCAA championships by 50 seconds against a bunch of biological females who simply couldn’t keep up.
‘That can not be right, it can not be fair.’
Porter vehemently disagreed with the notion saying that it should be up to the sporting bodies to make decisions around fairness.
‘That is something, that I trust, our sporting bodies should be dealing with. And by the way, Riley is speaking up for herself and that is her prerogative and I respect her free speech.’
Porter vehemently disagreed with the notion that trans athletes shouldn’t compete in women’s sport saying that it should be up to the sporting bodies to make decisions around fairness
Bill Maher appeared to agree that ‘wokeness’ seemed to be offsetting ‘giving woman an equal shot’ in sports
Morgan quickly took a swipe at the comment saying: ‘I think she’s speaking up for pretty much every female athlete in the world’
Morgan quickly took a swipe at the comment saying: ‘I think she’s speaking up for pretty much every female athlete in the world.’
At this point, host Bill Maher noted Title 9 brought forward in the early 70s.
In 1972, the Education Amendment Act was signed into law by former U.S. president Richard Nixon.
The law recognized education as an equal right for all but also included a clause prohibiting gender-based discrimination in sports programs, granting equal opportunity to both men and women to participate in sports.
In 1975, specific provisions to prevent gender-based discrimination in sports participation came into place, which also provided educational institutes with three years to fulfill the requirements of Title 9.
Following this, in 1978, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, mandated the provision of equal opportunities to men and women in all educational institutes.
Title 9 requires all educational institutions in the US to reward male and female athletes equally.
Along with that, it also ensures the prevention of discrimination when it comes to accessing sports facilities, training centers, equipment, and other support provided to sport programs.
‘Wasn’t that the point of Title 9? Title 9 – in the early 70s – was something – It was a major event in feminism that we finally have this law that says that colleges, right and I think high schools too, but definitely colleges – women’s sports have to be equal to men’s sports so that women aren’t getting… and that’s what led to the WNBA and lots of other stuff.. This seems to be the opposite,’ said Maher.
Gaines tweeted after the show to Porter saying she was supposed to be in dental school said: ‘I changed my life plans because I see what’s at stake if someone doesn’t fight for the present and next generation’
‘It seems to be, so many instances I think, where wokeness is the opposite of what I grew up as liberalism.
‘Liberalism was, lets give the women an equal shot, this is like, let’s put a male in the swimming pool with women I don’t get it.’
Morgan goes on to add, that trans athletes are the one’s losing out in the debate.
‘Meanwhile trans people, who genuinely want to compete in athletics and swimming or whatever it may be, they’re the ones suffering here,’ he said.
‘They need to be found a way to compete fairly and justly.’
‘So then what’s your answer then,’ Porter questioned.
‘I think one of two answers: They either compete against their biological sex – as many of them did before – or you create an entirely new category for transgender athletes,’ Morgan replied.
‘Then they’re able to compete fairly. But what you cannot do is continue to let more and more trans athletes start decimating women’s records. In some cases irrevocably.’
Gaines tweeted after the show to Porter saying: ‘Hey @RepKatiePorter I’m not speaking up for myself…I’m done playing sports.
‘I’m not fighting for me. I’m actually supposed to be in dental school this year.
‘But I’ve changed my life plans because I see what’s at stake if someone doesn’t fight for the present and next generation.’
RILEY GAINES: I was hit in the face by a man dressed as a woman and threatened by a racist mob for daring to speak out against an extreme trans movement erasing female athletes like me… But I refuse to be silenced!
By Riley Gaines
She is a recent graduate from the University of Kentucky, where she was a 12x All-American swimmer and a spokeswoman for the Independent Women’s Forum.
Just over one year ago, I wouldn’t have imagined that I’d find myself barricaded inside a classroom in a building on the campus of San Francisco State University.
Outside the door a violent, racist mob chanted threats against me.
‘Open the door, we want Riley,’ they screamed.
‘Why are you protecting a white woman?’ the mob spit at security.
‘This is vengeance.’
‘You’re protecting a transphobe.’
How had it come to this?
Only moments before I was hurriedly shuffled into a side office, I was standing in front of a crowded room speaking about the disturbing, and growing, trend of biological males competing in women’s sports and attempts by radical activists to gag women who dare to speak out.
For nearly a year, I’ve been traveling from campus to campus sharing my personal story of racing University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, who was formerly known as Will Thomas.
Will Thomas was a mediocre male athlete. But in 2021, after coming out as ‘transgender,’ Lia Thomas started dominating female competition. In the female category, Thomas defeated Olympians, American record holders, and some of the most impressive women in the sport.
Of course, I knew this was wrong. But it wasn’t until I competed against Thomas myself that I fully understood the depths of this injustice.
Just over one year ago, I couldn’t have imagined that I’d find myself barricaded inside a windowless room in a building on the campus of San Francisco State University.
Outside the door a violent, racist mob chanted threats against me. ‘Open the door, we want Riley,’ they screamed.
I raced against Thomas in March 2022 in the 200 freestyle. We tied. We finished at the exact same moment down to 100ths of a second.
But after we stepped down from the awards podium, an NCAA official looked at both Thomas and me and said, ‘Great job, you tied. But we don’t account for ties. So, the trophy goes to Lia.’
That struck me as strange, so I questioned him. As it turns out, that may have been the first time anyone had ever questioned why Thomas received special treatment. And the official’s answer shocked me.
He said that Thomas would hold the trophy for picture purposes.
That’s when I realized that the NCAA no longer valued everything that I, my teammates and every other girl swimming that day had worked their entire lives to achieve. The goal was no longer excellence in women’s sport. The goal was virtue signaling on the backs of women.
That’s when I knew I had to speak out. I wanted to be part of a conversation about what is happening in women’s sports so that we can find a way to accommodate trans-identified athletes without marginalizing or discriminating against female athletes.
Unfortunately, it seems that the people pushing for trans-inclusion in the female sporting category are more interested in silencing and threatening their opponents than in engaging in dialogue. These radical activists would rather bully their way into women’s locker rooms and women’s competitions than look for a way to create equal opportunities for all. So much for good sportsmanship.
I am not afraid to confront bullies. But when I arrived at San Francisco State University, I expected that campus police would be there to ensure my safety. They were nowhere to be found.
Nevertheless, the organizers of the speech and I walked to the room, and I proceeded to give my speech to a packed house of supporters, protesters, and the merely curious. The entire time that I was speaking, I could hear chanting from outside the window and from the hallway: ‘Trans women are women’, ‘Trans liberation’ and ‘It’s time to fight back.’
I raced against Thomas is the 200 freestyle and it ended in a tie. We finished at the exact same moment down to 100ths of a second.
Inside the room I was heckled, interrupted, and insulted. But while this was disappointing, the protesters were basically peaceful – that is, until the moment my speech ended.
After I finished fielding questions, a group from outside the room swarmed in, turned off the lights, and pushed toward me at the front of the room. I was backed up against the podium. I was cornered and increasingly nervous.
A man wearing women’s clothing intentionally hit me – twice. The first blow landed on my shoulder. The second one glanced off my shoulder and hit me in the face.
Another woman with my group was also attacked. I later saw a picture of a girl grabbing her by the face.
A female undercover campus police officer, whom I didn’t even know was in the room, rushed to my side. She wasn’t wearing anything that indicated she was a police officer and her face was covered with a black mask.
She kept saying, ‘follow me, follow me,’ but I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know who she was or if she was trying to help me or harm me. I stood there stunned for a minute.
Eventually, I was pulled and pushed out the door and into the hallway – where I was cornered again. A woman stood in front of me – shouting in my face. Both sides of the hallway were blocked, there was no clear exit. We had nowhere to go. The police appeared terrified.
Uniformed campus police officers shuffled me off to a side hall and office entrance, which was initially locked, as the mob swarmed around us. It was in that office where I waited with campus security for the next three hours as the mob raged outside.
A woman stood in front of me – shouting in my face. Both sides of the hallway were blocked, there was no clear exit. We had nowhere to go. The police appeared terrified.
As the hours ticked by I turned to a campus officer and told him that I was missing a flight home to Tennessee and wanted to leave. He looked at me and said, ‘Well, don’t you think we all want to go home?’
I have incredible respect for law enforcement, but these officers seemed scared. I got the impression that they were afraid to challenge these ambushers for fear of what may happen to them.
And there we sat, as protesters banged the walls, chanted and yelled, ‘You’re protecting a white woman with white privilege,’ and specifically insulted black campus police officers, who stood at the doors protecting me.
By 11:30pm, San Francisco Police responded. They formed a cordon around me, and we left the building, breaking into a run as the mob chased me into a waiting car.
By 2:00 am, I was back in my hotel. Shaken and exhausted, but not deterred. Because for all the rage and intimidation, that mob failed. They did not silence me, and they will not silence me. Their behavior did not diminish my arguments. On the contrary, it proved that they are misogynists fueled by hate.
And I won’t let them stop me from fighting on.
The truth is: this extreme movement doesn’t want equal rights. They want to deny women rights – our right to compete, our right to privacy, and our right to speak out.
I’m hoping that what happened to me in San Francisco will encourage more parents, athletes, coaches, and others to open their eyes and their mouths.
Because when the mob tries to silence you, the best response is to speak louder.